Mike Tyson advises Deontay Wilder to fight Anthony Joshua rather than retire, and explains how he would have tried to beat Tyson Fury in his prime


Mike Tyson has said he wants Deontay Wilder to keep fighting and face Anthony Joshua, rather than retire from boxing.

The pair have been linked for a potential heavyweight super fight since AJ joined Wilder as world champion in 2016.

Tyson is the former undisputed world heavyweight champion and one of the most famous people in the world
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Negotiations to try to make the fight a reality failed on several occasions between 2017 and 2019, with Wilder since his loss to Fury and AJ now dethroned by Usyk.

Regardless of their losses, most fans would still welcome a match between the two, including former undisputed king Tyson.

“I think Deontay Wilder should fight some other guys,” Tyson told Club Shay Shay, amid talk his fellow American could now retire.

“He’ll do good, I just don’t want him to get discouraged.

“He should be very happy and ready to fight someone else right away.”

Regarding AJ as a potential opponent for Wilder, Tyson said, “I would love to see that fight, yeah.

“They will fly away. There won’t be much styling, they’ll fly away.

Mike Tyson advises Deontay Wilder to fight Anthony Joshua rather than retire, and explains how he would have tried to beat Tyson Fury in his prime
Wilder unsure whether to keep fighting
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Mike Tyson advises Deontay Wilder to fight Anthony Joshua rather than retire, and explains how he would have tried to beat Tyson Fury in his prime
Joshua vs Wilder is still a great fight
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Tyson was then asked what Wilder had to do for beating Fury in their fights.

When asked how he would face Fury himself, Tyson said: “It would be tough, but there were guys who let him down who were lighter than me.

“Who was the gentleman who dropped him?” The former heavyweight champion.

“He’s not a harder puncher than me – I’m capable of hurting big players.”

The fighter Tyson is referring to is Steve Cunningham, who floored Fury in his United States debut in 2013.

Mike Tyson advises Deontay Wilder to fight Anthony Joshua rather than retire, and explains how he would have tried to beat Tyson Fury in his prime
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On how he would attempt to negotiate Fury’s reach, Tyson said, “I’ll do my best and do whatever I know how to do.”

Regarding how he would advise Wilder to fight Fury, Iron Mike added, “Go with your jab. He has to do everything for 12 rounds with him.

“He can’t give him room to punch, he has to do it all for 12 rounds.

“He can’t give her time while moving, he can’t allow her to think.

“He allows Tyson Fury to think a lot, he gives him a lot of time.”

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